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Motion Picture Analysis Worksheet

Step 1. Pre-viewing

A. Title of film:

indentation Collection Name or Source:

B. What do you think you will see in this motion picture?

indentation List three concepts or ideas that you might expect to see based on the title of the film.



indentation List some people you might expect to see based on the title of the film.



Step 2. Viewing

A. Type of motion picture (check where applicable)
indentation ____ Animated cartoon
indentation ____ Documentary film
indentation ____ Newsreel
indentation ____ Propaganda film
indentation ____ Theatrical short subject
indentation ____ Training film
indentation ____ Combat film
indentation ____ Other

B. Physical qualities of the motion picture (check where applicable)
indentation ____ Music
indentation ____ Narration
indentation ____ Special effects
indentation ____ Color
indentation ____ Live action
indentation ____ Background noise
indentation ____ Animation
indentation ____ Dramatizations

C. Note how camera angles, lighting, music, narration, and/or editing contribute to creating an atmosphere in this
indentationfilm. What is the mood or tone of the film?

Step 3. Post-viewing (or repeated viewing)

A. Circle the things that you listed in the previewing activity that were validated by your viewing of the motion picture.

B. What is the central message(s) of this motion picture?

C. Consider the effectiveness of the film in communicating its message. As a tool of communication, what are
indentationits strengths and weaknesses?

D. How do you think the filmmakers wanted the audience to respond?

E. Does this film appeal to the viewer’s reason or emotion? How does it make you feel?

F. List two things this motion picture tells you about life in the United States at the time it was made:


G. Write a question to the filmmaker that is left unanswered by the motion picture.

H. What information do you gain about this event that would not be conveyed by a written source? Be specific.

Adapted from the design developed by the Education Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408.

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